Doldrums & Super-juice


I was away for a week with my whole family, (almost), including the dogs! I loved being all together again. It was so much fun.
This morning was a different story. The long car ride home yesterday, the too-quiet house, a week of vacation food ….I felt like a blob.
The temperature was 22 degrees and the wind was terrible. I decided I’d rather face the bitter cold than the dreary prospect of taking down the Christmas decorations so I headed out to our local organic market.
The produce department invigorated and inspired me. (pathetic, I know) Overwhelmed by healthy thoughts, I gathered up ingredients to make a real powerhouse juice… Watercress, wheatgrass, carrots and a nice fat pineapple. Pineapple is a great anti- inflammatory and good for digestion. Beets would have made a healthy addition as they are good blood purifiers but I can’t stand the taste of them. I also picked up a good looking ginger rhizome, raw honey and a bottle of raw, organic apple cider vinegar.
When I got home, I pulled out one of my Christmas presents…a little Ninja juicer. Doubting if it could handle a raw carrot, I threw it in along with some pineapple and my greens. Wanting to hit the whole color spectrum, I added some frozen berries from my garden. It was smooth and delicious! Quick, easy and clean up was a snap. The rest of the pineapple was cut up into cubes and frozen.
Then, I diced up about an inch of the ginger and added it to 2 cups of boiled water. I covered it and left it to steep for a couple hours. Later, I added a teaspoon of honey and 2 teaspoons of apple cider vinegar, mixed it until the honey dissolved and drank it with ice. It tasted really good and clean, very refreshing. I had bought a bottled drink in an expensive gourmet store while I was away that had these same ingredients, except they used stevia instead of honey. It was advertised as being good for detoxifying, digestion and clearing the sinuses. My version tasted a lot like theirs and cost practically nothing.
Still avoiding the Christmas decorations, I cleaned out the fridge and noticed the eggs were getting close to expiring. I made some custard. Organic milk and cream, pasture raised eggs and substituting sucanat for sugar… healthy dessert for tonight.
I stuck the eggshells into the oven when the custard was almost done,that makes them clean and easy to crumble. I keep a jar of powdered eggshells under the sink and add them to boost my seedlings when they get transplanted into the garden. The garden…I can’t wait

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18 thoughts on “Doldrums & Super-juice

  1. Thanks for the tip on the eggshells, we have chickens and at the end last summer I had a huge ploy tunnel for my birthday, to grow lots of lovely things, so that will come in handy this year 🙂

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  2. Wow what a great Ninja juicer indeed..I love that name! And that is lot of vitamins and sunshine in one powerful potion. Talking about Stevia: have you ever used it? I get terrible migraines from it and apparently I am not the only one.
    Lovely post and hang in there my dear, before you know it Spring is back! xoxJohanna

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    • I haven’t heard about migraines from Stevia. Wow, that is terrible! I grew the herb this past summer but didn’t do much with it.. I’m not crazy about the taste and really prefer honey. I did drink that bottled vinegar/ ginger drink that had the stevia and was fine.
      Thank you, Johanna! Yes, Spring seems so far away right now but time does really fly

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  3. Love the eggshell idea. I’ve got so many of them together now, dried and pulverised, so now I can use them in the garden, great to know that almost everything organic can be recycled in the garden. Lovely write up!

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  4. Way to be proactive about the doldrums, it’s very inspiring! And the ginger tea is a fantastic idea, I could see brewing a half gallon jars worth and just keeping it ready in the fridge. These simple things just take a bit of effort to initiate, but like you said- so much cheaper than buying it premade- I appreciate the prompting as I start my day!

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    • It’s amazing how many things are so much cheaper, healthier and better for the environment when they’re homemade. i think it’s fun and gratifying to make things myself. I was so excited when I started blogging to see there are so many other people that do these things too. I always wanted to try what you are doing, that has been a dream of mine since I was a little kid..it’s so exciting to read about someone actually doing it in real life:]

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    • Oh no!! I had the flu last winter. Ugh. It seems to linger, doesn’t it? Emotionally it left me really depleted too. I hope you feel better soon. It’s hard to get the rest and recovery time when you’re running your own business. Sending healthy, happy thoughts, Ginene!!!

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